Houston Texans February Scouting Report
The big news in Houston in February is the XFL play of Houston Roughneck QB P.J. Walker. The former Colt third stringer is getting a chance to show that he has the right stuff. Not exactly a clone of QB Deshaun Watson but close enough to be the best ‘cut in the same mold’ back-up. Keep an eye on this one.
By the end of last season, the offensive line was starting to jell. They return OT Laremy Tunsil, C Nick Martin, OG Max Scharping, OT Tytus Howard and C-OG Greg Mancz. They want to sign an ORG in free agency and bring in talented offensive line back-ups.
RB Carlos Hyde and RB Duke Johnson return, but neither is an alpha back. The Texans needed to run the ball when they were up 24-0 in KC during the play-offs. Would have made all the difference in the world. Where is that big back?
Will playmaker WR Will Fuller be able to play a full season this year? Sure would like to see that. Clearly WR DeAndre Hopkins is their one but Fuller is a difference maker. Can WR Kenny Stills stay healthy? Will the Texans find quality WRs this year? The Texans have dependable TE play but they need for a monster to emerge. Will second year TE Kahale Warring be that monster?
With $20 million of 2019 cap cash rolling over to this year the Texans have $66 million to maneuver during free agency. They need to add talent to re-build the D.
The D is loaded with question marks. S Justin Reid and MLB Benardrick McKinney are returning from surgeries. DT D.J. Reader is a free agent. Will the use the Franchise tag on him? DE J.J. Watt needs help; the Texans must figure out how to pressure the QB. The D has become SUSPECT. Last year’s play-off loss to the Chiefs says it all.
Next month, free agency, then in April the Draft; this is the most exciting time of the season for people like us.
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